Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Amy Parrish and freshman sister Madison Parrish talk about basketball, life and a family Bulldog tradition.
Amy Parrish enters her fourth season with the Fresno State women's basketball program. She is no stranger to the Central Valley as she grew up in Hanford, played at Fresno State from 2004-06 and was an assistant at Cal State Bakersfield before returning to her alma mater in 2008-09 as the Basketball Operations Coordinator where the Bulldogs advanced to their second straight NCAA tournament and won the WAC regular season and tournament championships. In her second year with the program, Parrish was promoted to assistant coach.
Parrish duties as an assistant coach include recruiting, housing, admissions, assisting in community service functions, scheduling gym times and assisting the student-athletes with academics. She also coordinates the off-court affairs of the programs' operation. Major responsibilities include coordinating team travel itineraries, food arrangements and reservations, hotel and flight accommodations and arranging practice times while on the road and at home.
In 2010-11, the Bulldogs went 25-8 overall and 14-2 in conference action. The `Dogs entered the WAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed behind rival Louisiana Tech, which was the only league team to beat Fresno State. The Bulldogs made the championship game and with the help of a buzzer beating shot from Bree Farley, the `Dogs earned its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs won a school record 27 games (27-7), became the first WAC school to go undefeated in conference play (16-0) since Louisiana Tech in 2002-03 and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large berth. It was also the first-time a Fresno State team had gone undefeated in conference play. Fresno State also rattled off a school-record 19-game winning streak, which at the time was the fifth longest winning streak in the country.
Fresno State won its third straight WAC regular season championship in 2010 and advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight year. During the season Fresno State boasted a program-best 27 RPI late in the year and they were one spot away from entering the Top 25 just before the start of the WAC Tournament.
Fresno State also boasted six academic All-WAC honorees, the most in the WAC this year and it tied the program record for most in the 45-year history. During the season junior Jaleesa Ross became the Fresno State all-time 3-pointer leader, passing Lindsay Logan, who played at Fresno State from 2000-03.
During Parrish's playing career at Fresno State she averaged 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds as a senior. That year she posted four double-doubles and scored in double figures a team-leading 24 times. She earned First Team All-WAC honors as a junior and senior. As a junior, Parrish tallied 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds a contest.
After her playing career at Fresno State, Parrish played professionally in Holland before joining the staff at Bakersfield.
Parrish earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chicano/Latin American studies. She has an eight-year-old son, T.J.
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